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to be confronted in the next weeks and months as you and the chairman pointed out is the debt ceiling. i hope we have all learned from our experience in the summer of 2011 that it is irresponsible and reckless for the united states to suggest that it will not meet its financial obligations. the there's bondholders, social security recipients, due to other people have contracted with the united states government. in the house in the next couple weeks, we are expected to take up a bill that says, you know what, we can prioritize their deaths. based on that book take on first, but other debts and obligations including this congress have taken on, they don't have as high a priority. could you, mr. secretary, secretary of the treasury comment on what impact it would have on our economy and the signal is sent to the international communist united states were to default on any of its obligations? >> congressman, that notion you prayer a case which is the obligation congress authors should be paid is one that just doesn't work. hhs would obligation your defaulted non. we have never in the history defaul
for a debt ceiling piece of legislation that would be considered. i would hope, as i said last week, that we could deal with in a nonpartisan, bipartisan, nonpolitical fashion the protection of the credit worthiness of the united states of america and to the maintenance of america's credit rating. it was reduced for the first time in history when we had a debt cliff debate in 2011, and we were reduced by one point in the credit worthiness of our country. that was unfortunate for our country. president reagan said in 1986, unfortunately congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. this brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on veterans' benefits, interest rates, etc., would skyrocket if we did that. he was then urging the democratic congress and republicans to support the increase in the debt, which as you know, was done. in addition, keith hennessey who was george bush's national director counsel, payment prioritization doesn't stop payments, it just delays them. then the party sues the government and
of what we call the debt ceiling which lets the country borrow money to pay its bills. as a part of that agreement, a large number of people from both parties voted for something that hasn't turned out very well. and it's called sequestration. this is a word that gets tossed around in this chamber. it is having a real and negative impact on the country. i just came from a hearing of the armed services committee where the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the secretary of defense told us that nine battle groups and three bomber groups of our air force and our navy planes have been grounded. about 1/3 of the nation's air capacity isn't flying. across the country today, people who are on medicare, who need chemotherapy treatments from their doctors offices are finding that many doctors are declining to do chemo therapy treatments for cancer patients because of the cuts that take place in sequestration. i met earlier this week with employees of the naval sea systems engineering command in philadelphia whom i represent. they're looking at a 20% pay cut because of furloughs. th
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